Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”
Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!
In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.
©2011 Mindy Kaling (P)2011 Random House
Mindy Kaling has a genuineness and charming quality that makes you leave the book wishing you were pals and feeling that if you were, she'd be the best kind.
The book is charming and sweet, though a little light. She throws in some backstory on her rise and behind the scenes anecdotes, but they don't dominate the book. It's on the shorter side of an audiobook, so it felt more like fun, quippy conversation.
She's a great narrator. (it is about her, after all). If you liked Bossypants, then you'll enjoy this too.
Mindy is hysterical and I love her stories! Her stories are so relate-able and filled with humor. I love the way she views things. I am so happy I got this book.
It was ridiculously juvenile.
I wanted to slap her, with that quasi valley girl lilt to her voice
Annoyance, Boredom, Wasted Money
Couldn't make it through this book --- it was so pre-teen.
I ordered this audio mostly because my boyfriend is a huge office fan and always refers to Mindy as a "funny broad." Well I agree, she's kind of funny. She's also kind of conceited, kind of annoying, and kind of boring. Every autobiography requires some self-deprication, and Mindy provides plenty. However, rather than own her growing pains, Mindy ends every unfortunate tale with a flip of her hair, and a "that's me and I love me and I'm awesome." That makes the book much less fun for readers/listeners. Her story is basically just about how she was a spoiled, rich girl who wanted to be a comedian and basically was persistent enough to make this happen. I spent most of the book wishing that I could be as self-delusional as her so that I maybe I could have forced my way into success as well. I did like that she narrated her own book, but the random interjections of the co-narrator, were awkward and too infrequent to make them go with the book's flow.
I have never read the printed edition, but I would say that the audiobook is GOLD! There is one part where she lists pictures that you can't get in the audiobook, so then the print edition could come in handy. BUT the way she reads it is hilarious and makes it so much funnier.
Mindy Kaling's literary and actual voice come together so well. It is absolutely hilarious and you feel like she is your best friend while listening.
She is hilarious. She wrote the words and delivers them flawlessly and hilariously.
I did listen to it all in one sitting.
Loved it. It totally lived up to all the hype my best friend gave it.
Witt and humor.
Yes, if this is what Audible thinks of as funny
That wouldn't have fixed it. It was the material.
Anger and disappointment.
Mindy Kaling explains how she got to be a TV writer and actor. Problem is, she leaves out all humor. It sounds more like a sorority girl bragging to her frenemy at the reunion. Save your money.
It would take a lot of convincing and a promise of something better to try another.
I purchased it expecting laugh out loud humour and a light hearted story. There wasn't really a story and I barely smiled.
Funny, Interesting, Quick
I liked that Mindy read the book. I thought it would be weird to hear this read by someone else.
No, this was my first audiobook.
I liked the chapter where she talked about her weight issues.
I thought this was great for my first book. I didn't know what to expect but I enjoyed it very much.
If there was a story, or narrative, or something other than a valley girl listing how much she wants to be rich, popular and special, or if there was some humor in it, I may have liked it.
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